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4. ‘A work of truth’L’Assommoir

4. ‘A work of truth’: L’Assommoir  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2020
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Jul 2020
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9780191874208
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10.1093/actrade/9780198837565.003.0005
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‘A work of truth’ looks at the novel L’Assommoir, the first to represent how the workers—the new French industrial proletariat—really lived. The story of Gervaise Macquart, a washerwoman ... More
1. After the expulsion

1. After the expulsion  

Ilan Stavans

in Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2021
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Jul 2021
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9780190077006
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10.1093/actrade/9780190076979.003.0002
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“After the expulsion” looks at the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, along with the rise of the Enlightenment, as decisive moments in which Jews entered modernity. The literature of ... More
9. After the Rougon-Macquart

9. After the Rougon-Macquart  

Brian Nelson

in Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2020
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Jul 2020
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9780191874208
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10.1093/actrade/9780198837565.003.0010
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‘After the Rougon-Macquart’ considers the final novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, Doctor Pascal. This novel explores the themes of science and religion, renewal and rebirth. The latter ... More
Afterwordlegacies of decadence

Afterword: legacies of decadence  

David Weir

in Decadence: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
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9780190610258
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10.1093/actrade/9780190610227.003.0006
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Manifestations of decadence outside of western Europe appear to confirm philosopher Theodor Adorno’s thesis that decadence entails an implicit critique of modernity. The elevation of ... More
6. Afterwordhorror since the millennium

6. Afterword: horror since the millennium  

Darryl Jones

in Horror: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2021
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Jun 2021
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9780191816727
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10.1093/actrade/9780198755562.003.0007
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‘Afterword’ closes with an overview of a few of the many varieties of modern horror, and argues that the incorporation of horror within consumer culture threatens to diminish its edgy ... More
3. The age of anxiety

3. The age of anxiety  

Ilan Stavans

in Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2021
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Jul 2021
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9780190077006
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10.1093/actrade/9780190076979.003.0004
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“The age of anxiety” surveys Jewish thought and literature from the end of the nineteenth century to the Second World War, starting with Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein. The ... More
3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)

3. The age of idealism (1781–1832)  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776892
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.003.0004
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‘The age of idealism (1781–1832)’ describes how Immanuel Kant endeavoured to reconcile the empiricist Enlightenment of the bourgeoisie with the rationalist Enlightenment of officialdom in a ... More
4. The age of materialism (1832–1914)

4. The age of materialism (1832–1914)  

Nicholas Boyle

in German Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191776892
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10.1093/actrade/9780199206599.003.0005
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‘The age of materialism (1832–1914)’ explains how the philosophers who dominated the new age in Germany were materialist where their predecessors had been idealist, and socially autonomous ... More
2. Alien encounters

2. Alien encounters  

David Seed

in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777394
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10.1093/actrade/9780199557455.003.0003
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Through the theme of alien encounters science fiction has interrogated the limits of identity and the nature of differences. From H.G. Wells to Star Trek, ‘Alien encounters’ examines the ... More
7. The ambivalence of the veil

7. The ambivalence of the veil  

Robert J. C. Young

in Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (2 ed.)

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Oct 2020
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Oct 2020
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9780191889981
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10.1093/actrade/9780198856832.003.0008
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9780198856832
‘The ambivalence of the veil’ explores the relationship between Western and Muslim worlds. For many Westerners, nothing symbolizes the differences more than ‘the veil’, a shorthand for the ... More
4. The American Bestseller

4. The American Bestseller  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776960
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10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0004
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‘The American bestseller’ traces its evolution from the nineteenth century to the present day. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) broke the Scott and Dickens mould in America, while Mark Twain forged ... More
2. American English as a poetic resource

2. American English as a poetic resource  

David Caplan

in American Poetry: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2021
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Dec 2021
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9780190640200
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640194.003.0002
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“American English as a poetic resource” argues that American English is one of the country’s great poetic resources. It is remarkably adaptable, contested, and diverse. When poets explore ... More
1. American poetry’s two characteristics

1. American poetry’s two characteristics  

David Caplan

in American Poetry: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2021
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Dec 2021
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9780190640200
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640194.003.0001
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“American poetry’s two characteristics” explains the two characteristics which mark American poetry. On the one hand, several of its major figures promoted American poetry as essentially ... More
6. Among the English poets

6. Among the English poets  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0006
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Literature hasn't always been a silent and solitary activity. The ancient bards did not write their poems down: they memorized and recited them. Dramatic poetry is by its nature aural and ... More
2. Ancient worlds

2. Ancient worlds  

Belinda Jack

in Reading: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2019
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Apr 2019
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9780191860300
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10.1093/actrade/9780198820581.003.0002
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A great deal is known about reading in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, but it is important to remember that a good deal of what we think of as Greek and Roman literature was heard and ... More
6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’Men, women, and society

6. ‘And don’t dispute with fools’: Men, women, and society  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775314
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0006
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9780192801449
‘“And don't dispute with fools”: Men, women, and society’ references Pushkin's view of the poet as conflicted by having to live both in the world of mysticism, art, and religion, as well as ... More
10. Antony and Cleopatra

10. Antony and Cleopatra  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0011
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Antony and Cleopatra is a great sprawling masterpiece of a play, rich in poetry, vast in imaginative power, in depth of characterization, in psychological penetration, in ... More
7. Apostle of freedom

7. Apostle of freedom  

John Phillips

in The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776038
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804693.003.0007
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9780192804693
Sade's legacy is huge despite being officially supressed for two centuries. His work has been widely read and his influence on writers, artists, and thinkers is undeniable. ‘Apostle of ... More
3. Approaches to Rhetoric

3. Approaches to Rhetoric  

Richard Toye

in Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778285
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10.1093/actrade/9780199651368.003.0004
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9780199651368
‘Approaches to rhetoric’ addresses some fundamental questions about how the study and practice of rhetoric should be approached. Using examples from the work of Alfred Hitchcock; George ... More
5. Around the Revolution

5. Around the Revolution  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777516
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0005
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9780199568727
‘Around the Revolution’ describes the growing scepticism about claims that the social order was founded on nature, itself based on divine providence. The literary works inspired by the ... More

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